New Learning Commons Services

Written by Patrick Hargon, Assistant Director, Learning Commons

The Learning Commons announces three new support services available this spring: The Writing Studio, Speech Tutoring, and PRAXIS Math Workshops. Students from any class and skill level are welcome to attend.

The Writing Studio is a peer-led workshop for students wanting to improve their writing style and gain confidence as a writer.

  • A tutor leads students through writing exercises, and the group discusses how the exercises apply to different types of writing.
  • Please click here for an overview of the activities covered each week.
  • The Writing Studio is held in the basement of the library in the Curriculum Classroom (just to the left of the big computer lab) from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday nights.

Speech Tutoring is an opportunity for individual students or groups to practice presentations in front of a peer audience and a tutor.

  • Students gain confidence practicing speeches/presentations in a low-stakes, supportive atmosphere.
  • Group Speech Tutoring is held in the library’s Curriculum Classroom from 7-9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday nights.
  • One-on-one speech tutoring is still available through the Writing Center by making an appointment at the Learning Commons Welcome Desk.

PRAXIS Core Math Workshops help build problem-solving skills and confidence through a series of topic-specific sessions.

  • Collaborative and individual review activities focus on identifying and using key information in math problems.
  • Online test resources will be used and shared to promote independent studying outside of the workshops.
  • Workshops are slated for the next four weeks: students can attend any of the four workshops offered or all of them for a comprehensive review. Click here for more details.

Suffering from Assignment Stress?

keepcalmWritten by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

Is the deadline you have to meet for an upcoming assignment creating stress for you? Are you having trouble finding the journal articles (or other resources) that you need? Perhaps you are having writers block and are not able to get started writing your paper? Or, perhaps you do not know where to even begin to find information on your topic?

Stress no further nor worry any longer, the library is here to help you! For example, you can contact or come into the Calvin T. Ryan Library and speak to a librarian who will help you find articles and other resources that you need for your assignment. The Writing Center in the Learning Commons can help you at any point in the writing process, from rough drafts, revising and editing, to properly incorporating sources into your paper. If you still feel pressured and you’re doing all you can to keep yourself from having a nervous breakdown, consider visiting Counseling & Health Care.

Remember, wherever you’re at, we’re here to help you and provide you with needed resources so that you can be successful.

Learn about the world scope of the CDC’s research programs

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

Dr. Robert Wirtz, Chief of the Entomology Branch, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria of the Center for Global Health at the CDC will speak at UNK as part of the Learning Commons seminar series on research and creative activity. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend this presentation at 1 p.m. Friday, April 26th in the Nebraskan Student Union, Room 310.

Dr. Wirtz will give an overview of CDC Entomology Branch research activities, with a focus on malaria control.  He is a prolific researcher in this field, and author of more than 270 publications, including nine book chapters in the areas of medical entomology, arthropod repellents, insect physiology, toxicology, allergies to arthropods, molecular biology, immunology, and malaria vaccine and drug efficacy.

This presentation should be of special interest to students and faculty in the biological sciences, health sciences and nursing, and related areas.  This program is jointly sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Learning Commons and the Calvin T. Ryan Library.

For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at 308-865-8894 or by email at